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 March 23, 2011  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance, Youth & Schools

Dan O’Sullivan reports:

The state government’s proposal to increase the search and seizure powers of teachers and principals outside school grounds has been met with a mixed response from local schools and police.

The legislation being debated in Parliament will allow principals and teachers to search for weapons in parents’ cars in an attempt by the coalition government to increase safety in the state’s schools.

Education Minister Martin Dixon has said the new laws would be used only in extreme circumstances.

Read more on Maribyrnong Weekly.

It’s nice to see school personnel saying, “no, thanks” or that they don’t think this is a good idea. It’s not a good idea. Indeed, it’s a terrible idea that could really damage a school’s environment and parent-teacher relationships, not to mention violating student privacy.

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